By Dennis Asiimwe
Do you ever get nostalgic when you think of an artiste or a musical group?
Ngoni had such a powerfully positive vibe, you simply can’t help but miss how much fun and carefree their music was.
They wrote music that reminded you of a fun, tasteful house party, where the bar is actually stocked with a variety of drinks and where the food does not include some version of beef that had an argument with whoever prepared it.
This particular track had a cameo of sorts for Mosh, who was an MC/rapper of sorts.
To this day it is still hard for me to define exactly what Mosh was.
This was also the period of the double entendre, which the lads gleefully embraced. It is hard to explain a double entendre without being clumsy, but what the heck, I will give it a try.
Digi was a club seduction song, the sort of song that quickly gives a background where a lad meets a lass in a club, and is trying to get her to go places with him (one of those places being home).
In the song’s lyrics, he tells her to come ride his bike, his digi. This was the period when scooters dominated motorcycles in Kampala, before their larger cousins, bodabodas, took over.
Except we know he is not talking about his scooter, especially with the way he says she will enjoy the ‘ride’, particularly with the way he uses his ‘key’.
The song was a huge dance floor favourite in, I think, 2005; it even had its own dance move.
There’s two things that hit me while re-listening to it just now: it was a clever, clever song, and the way Pato and Aydee included harmonies in their music was unprecedented, especially for male pop singers.
Ngoni was refreshing, dropping music from an era when music was FUN.